Updated (August 2011): Compare the Canon ELPH 310 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Winner
Canon ELPH 300 HS

56

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

39

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Really small
Size
Super compact (92×56×20 mm)
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
Light-weight
Weight
141 g
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

galleries

Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 300 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 300 HS

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Size
Much smaller
92×56×20 mm vs 106×59×33 mm
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2.1x smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the 300 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.8" vs 1.3"
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More than 40% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
141 g vs 215 g
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More than 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Zoom
More zoom
14x vs 5x
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Around 8x more zoom
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$229.88 vs $295.00
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The best price we've seen is $65 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              300 HS1080p @ 24fps
              SX230 HS1080p @ 30fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              300 HS
              1. Lens
              SX230 HS
              1. Lens
              2. Sensor shift
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              300 HS3.0 cm
              SX230 HS5.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              300 HS3.4 fps
              SX230 HS3.2 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $167

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $295

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $223

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $264

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $586

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $144

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $379

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $228

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $180

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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